Covering the aurat is an obligation for every Muslim woman. This obligation is even stated in the Quran. The way for a Muslim woman to cover her aurat is by wearing clothes that are not tight or loose and using a hair covering which is often called a hijab, hijab or khimar.
However, from the three kinds of designations for covering aurat, it turns out that there are still many Muslim women who do not know the difference so they are often used as substitute words. Hijab Reporting from the NU Online page, this is the difference between hijab, hijab and khimar according to the interpretation of the Quran.
Hijab comes from the Arabic language which the basic word is hajaban which means barrier. In some countries, the word hijab more often refers to the headscarf worn by Muslim women. However, if interpreted literally according to Islamic scholarship, hijab refers more to proper dress procedures in accordance with religious guidance. Hijab can also mean a barrier that covers the aurat from the eyes of men who are not the mahram.
Then there is the term hijab which also comes from Arabic. Literally, the hijab is a loose long overalls Muslim dress and covers the whole body except the hands, feet and face which are usually worn by Muslim women.
The use of this type of clothing is related to the guidance of Islamic law to use clothes that cover the aurat. In terminology, the word hijab can mean a scarf or wide garment worn by Muslim women to cover the head, chest and body parts. Unisma In accordance with Allah’s command in Surah Al-Ahzab verse 59, “Let them stretch out their headscarves all over their bodies”. So it is not wrong if sometimes the word hijab means hijab, because every hijab is a hijab. However, not all hijabs are headscarves.
Then there is also the term khimar which also comes from Arabic, namely khumur which means veil. Khimar covers the head, neck and extends to cover the woman’s chest from the back and front to cover the collarbone.